| Terror supporting Mufti’s Past About To Return To Haunt Him - What it means is, he is going get bitten up his arse in Australia
| Wednesday, May 04, 2016
|When you choose to sue someone – or an organisation – be very sure you know what you’re doing.
Defamation law in Australia can be tricky. A false move, misjudgement, forgetful memory or sloppy lawyer could lose you your house.
Plenty have been rendered homeless through ego driven legal cases based on nothing more than bluff and wind. An understanding of the Defamation Act (2005) is helpful.
There are a range of defences to defamation.
Just because your feelings are hurt isn’t enough to sue for defamation if what was said about you is substantially true and reported in the public interest, which can trigger the defence of 'qualified privilege', which simply means the publisher (defendant) has a moral, social or legal duty to alert the recipient, or the public to information they need to know.
Most defamation actions cost around a quarter of a million or so each side. Lose, and costs could be awarded against you. Legal cases can turn on a technicality you never anticipated, or via a little known quirk in common law, so you should budget to lose upward of $half a million plus reputational loss before you even start.
Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric, the Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad is suing News Corp for a story in The Daily Telegraph after the Paris Islamic terror attack last November.
Without going into the minutiae of the case, the Mufti alleges the News Corp tabloid suggested, among other things, he was “a supporter of violent Islamic holy war”.
The problem with suing a major news organisation for claiming you are a supporter of violent Islamic holy war, is you had better be very sure there is nothing in your past that might confirm that.
In December 2012 the Mufti visited the hierarchy of Hamas and in particular, Ismail Haniyeh, former Palestinian Prime Minister. Dr Ibrahim made several very alarming statements to the local Middle East media. The
Mufti could be excused for thinking he was exclusively addressing the
local crowd, not expecting his statements to be widely reported back in
Australia. But reported, they were, sounding alarms in the Australian Jewish community and the wider Australian and political community. Statements to the local Mid East media by the Australian Mufti included,
“I am pleased to stand on the land of Jihad to learn from its sons,”
"We came here in order to learn from Gaza. We will make the stones, trees, and people of Gaza talk.”
Read it all here.................
HT : BCF
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 2:22 PM